Amjad Awad, the second man accused of murdering five members of the Fogel family
in Itamar in March attended a hearing Tuesday at the Samaria Military Court in
Although the court was meant to rule on the case today, the judge
has postponed the verdict until September at the request of Awad’s lawyer – who
has refused to reveal his identity for fear of retaliation.
IDF: 2 Palestinians arrested in Fogel family
‘impatient’ to know who carried out Itamar
month, the Samaria Military Court convicted 18-year-old Hakim Awad for the
murder of the five members of the Fogel family – three children aged between 3
months and 11 years, and their parents, Ehud and Ruth.
confessed to the murders, Judge Lt.-Col. Menahem Lieberman had nevertheless
decided to examine detailed evidence gathered by the prosecution, including
forensic findings, in order to rule out that the 18-year-old had lied about his
part in the crime for “glory.”
Hakim was also convicted of weapons
offenses and various other security offenses. He is expected to be sentenced in
September, and the prosecution has stated it’s not seeking the death
The two youths are being tried separately because they have
testified against each other.
According to Channel 2, 17-year-old Awad
smiled in court and said he did not regret murdering them and that he would do
the same again. However, his father told the court that his son was a good
student and it is doubtful that he was one of the killers.
the IDF, Awad has already admitted all the charges against him in the indictment
The two youths were arrested in April following an intensive and
large-scale investigation by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the IDF’s
elite Duvdevan Unit and forensic officers from the police’s Special Intelligence
Although the youths carried out the attack on their own
initiative, they are affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine terror group, and received significant assistance from family members
and friends after the attack, the IDF said.
Days after the massacre, the
Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry released graphic photographs of
the murdered members of the Fogel family in an attempt to show the international
community the scale of the attack.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this